ORONO – George Francis Bagley Sr., 89, died peacefully Nov. 18, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born April 3, 1923, in Mapleton, to George Adelbert and Lovina Bernice (Richardson) Bagley.
His mother, recognizing at an early age that he was bright and would benefit from a good education, moved to Orono while he was still in high school, to be near the University of Maine. There, he met and later married Pauline Frances Cowin, the love of his life. Married May 25, 1943, they were inseparable friends for more than 52 years until her death in October of 1995. George earned a degree in electrical engineering at U of M and later a Masters of Business Administration at Rutgers. He worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and later American Telephone & Telegraph headquarters in New York City for 35 years before moving back to Orono in retirement. He was a recognized expert in switching and transmission equipment for long distance calling. George served during World War II in the U.S.Army signal corps as a first lieutenant with duty stations in the Philippines and the occupation force in Japan. He is remembered as a wonderful father, husband, teacher, engineer, inventor, woodsman and most of all, a nice gentle man.
He is survived by his sons, George Francis Jr. of Orono and Bruce Allan of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. His wife, Pauline Frances (Cowin) and son, David Arthur predeceased him.
Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono, where funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Bennoch Road, Orono. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.